Take a moment to imagine it. You wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of shouts and gunfire. The tensions you’ve tried not to worry about have tipped over into violence.
Now you have no choice: you take your family, and anything you can carry, and flee for safety.
Every two seconds, somewhere on the planet, someone is forced to flee.
Yet too often the world views their plight with indifference, or even hostility.
If we were in their shoes, how would we want to be treated? If we ended up in a refugee camp, far from home and everything we’d once known, what kind of welcome would we hope to find? What hopes for the future would we still cling to for our children?
With your help, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency can give refugees what we’d want for ourselves and our loved ones. Shelter. Food. Water. Blankets. Medical supplies. Protection from harm. The chance to go to school and the hope of a future.
But we can’t do it without the support of people like you.
Please give what you can to help refugee families.
Monthly gifts help us save more families forced to flee. Click on an amount below to see how you can help refugees.
US$10 could provide mattresses to prevent a family from sleeping on the ground
US$20 could provide 15L buckets to help 4 families carry fresh water for drinking, washing & cooking.
US$30 could provide an essential kitchen set to enable 2 families to prepare food.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
We work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.
Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displacedand stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.
We help to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.
Our primary purpose at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, we work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. We also strive to secure lasting solutions.
For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Our protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.